Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Playlist for Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015: Meanwhile, over on Broadway...

Grey. Gloomy. Naked trees. Fog in the car port (what car port?) Dark by 6pm. Dark by 5:20. Dark. My well loved flannel, wool and Woolrich stand ready in the closet...And you know what's coming, of course; it ain't gonna be confetti.

So we need SPICE, and variety, and dance in our Broadway oats! Three "dance breaks" litter this week's playlist, like so many chocolate chips in a cookie. We gots some old (Carol Channing "Dancing" in Hello Dolly), some new ("Shut Up and Dance" from My Favorite Year), some from flops (Dance A Little Closer...1 performance??), and some wacky (Betty Hutton and a mean "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry"). Feel free to dance along. I would, but my station manager frowns on tap dancing in the studio, plus there's a frickin' rug!?! The best I can do is errant Agnes DeMille tour jetes, and small ones at that!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Alexander Hamilton (disguised as Lin Manuel Miranda) takes charge of the opening, unbeknownst to Jerry Bock (playing Mayor LaGuardia) and Hal Linden (tossing coins...what is he, a compulsive gambler? Join the cast of Guys and Dolls, why doncha?). Murder Most Foul waits in the wings, and bullets fly over Broadway (probably sniping from the West Side, cuz you can never trust those actor types).

So you see, it won't be two hours of just fluffy stuff. We'll have our meat and potatoes surrounding that creamy dance. And remember to hold on fast to Hamilton...despite its November "chill", he's incredible. 

Guns And Ships (Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Ensemble, Hamilton)
The Schuyler Sisters (Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine
            Cephas Jones, Hamilton)
My Shot (Lin Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, Daveed
            Diggs, Hamilton)
Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story (Full Company, Hamilton)
On The Side Of The Angels (Nathaniel Frey, Ensemble, Fiorello!)
Miracle Of Miracles (Austin Pendleton, Fiddler On The Roof)
He Tossed A Coin (Hal Linden, The Rothschilds)
Little Old New York (Eileen Rodgers, Lee Becker, Ensemble, The Tenderloin)
Something To Dance About (Tyne Daly, Call Me Madam)
Let's Face The Music And Dance (Fred Astaire, Follow The Fleet)
Dance A Little Closer (Len Cariou, Liz Robertson, Dance A Little Closer)
Dance With Me (Tonight At The Mardi Gras) (The New York Voices,
        Louisiana Purchase)
'Tain't A Fit Night Out For Man Or Beast (Ensemble, Bullets Over Broadway)
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (Nick Cordera, Helene Yorke, Bullets
        Over Broadway)
(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You (The Atta Girls, Bullets Over
Runnin' Wild (Full Company, Bullets Over Broadway)
Shall We Dance? (Bobby Short, K-RA-ZY for Gershwin)
You Can Dance with Any Girl At All (Helen Gallagher, Bobby Van, No, No,
Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry (Betty Hutton, The Fleet's
Is There Anything Better Than Dancing? (Joanna Gleason, Nick & Nora)
Waiting In The Dark (Jeff Blumenkrantz, Murder For Two)
The Man Is Dead (Ensemble, Curtains)
Why Are All The D'ysquiths Dying? (Ensemble, A Gentleman's Guide To
        Love And Murder)
So What If I Did? (Jeff Blumenkrantz, Brett Ryback, Murder For Two)
He Did It (Jill Paice, Edward Hibbert, Ensemble, Curtains)
Dancing (Carol Channing, Ensemble, Hello Dolly!)
Barn Dance (Instrumental, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers)
Shut Up And Dance (Lannyl Stephens, Evan Pappas, My Favorite Year)
The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing (Jeffrey Denman,
        Meredith Wilson, White Christmas)
Beautiful (Jessie Mueller, Beautiful)
Uptown (Ensemble, Beautiful)
I Feel The Earth Move (Jessie Mueller, Full Company, Beautiful)

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